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The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!

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In THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness-nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind-and explains ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published March 30th 2011)
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Mar 27, 2015 Carol. rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one, really
Recommended to Carol. by: Bill Clinton. Well, he's quoted on the jacket.
Somewhat resembles a gluten-free, dairy-free carob-chip cookie with no sweeteners. Looks appealing, potentially good for you, but by the end, potentially a little hard to swallow. I will say this for it: at the heart of the book is a truth we all need to hear: Our lifestyles are making us sick.

Divided into six somewhat disparate parts, book sections include: Understanding the Modern Plague, a section on the diabetics epidemic with a strong implication that most of us are pre-pre-diabetic; Seven
Jul 01, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks Goodreads for the great giveaway!!! I’m on a diet similar to The Blood Sugar Solution, so when I heard about this book I thought it would be perfect for me. And it is to a point, but I can’t fully recommend this book due to its complexity. The first section of this book condemns the typical American diet & explains Dr. Hyman’s concept of diabesity. While I appreciate Dr. Hyman’s passion for this subject and agree with him on most points, this part of the book is an excessive 60 pages. ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Nancy added it
I'm not a health food nut. In fact, I love my diet cola more than the average American. I ordered this book simply because I'm going to Hawaii in a minute and I thought I might make some changes and look fantastic in a bathing suit.

Chances are slim, but there was a possibility.

Maybe because I'm new to the understanding-the-power-of-foods movement but I found the information a great launching pad for me. I accepted very early on that there was no chance I'd get my 23 year old body back I found th
Feb 27, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks to goodreads for sending me this great book! This is written by an MD so there is some in-depth info being covered, but I thought it was pretty easy to read and understand. He provides some startling statistics (especially about children's nutrition) that really are inspiring me to make some changes for my family. For example, the sugar consumption of an average person has gone up from 10 pounds per year in the 1800's to currently 150-180 pounds of sugar per person per year! yikes. Also, ...more
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This book addresses one of the most important health issues of our time. And if you have friends or relatives who are struggling with their weight, or with high blood pressure and cholesterol, or other inflammatory conditions, we think you — and they — will want the guidance, perspective and practical wisdom this book provides.

We are currently in the middle of an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes — what Dr. Hyman calls “diabesity” — that threatens more than half of all Americans. Even more
Jan Lance
Aug 10, 2012 Jan Lance rated it really liked it
So far, it is saying what I have said for years that the medical community treats symptoms and not causes. Our body is similar to a finely tuned engine where all the components must be in balance otherwise problems will develop. I'm only one-third through the book and feel like what I'm reading has a lot of truth to it. Here is a statement from the book: In Chapter 6 Functional Medicine: A New Approach to Reverse This Epidemic: "The Question isn't 'What disease do you have?' but 'Which system or ...more
I really feel like this book has a lot of good information. My complaint is the extra and repetitious info that made the book tedious. Everything could have been said in less than half the time.

Still like I said, the information was good and I do believe that our diet has a lot to do with the diseases and conditions that we acquire. There are a few recipes included but I didn't see anything that appealed to me personally. This is a book I would still recommend for those persons who want to make
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Mar 10, 2015 cat reads rated it it was ok
If you've read one of these, you've read them all. Not much new ground covered here. Big pharma, bad! Processed foods, bad! Carbs, bad! Rawr, Hyman smash! (that is one letter away from being an extremely painful epithet)

Whole food and exercise, par for the course, and this one is encouraging supplements, which I find rather ironic considering how unregulated they are and that are also the product of greedy corporations that have been opposing regulation with evil lobbyists just like every other
Kristin Meekhof
Mar 18, 2014 Kristin Meekhof rated it it was amazing
This book provides a comprehensive blueprint for integrating pracitical tips to help you live a healthy life. The recipes are delicious and easy to follow. Buying the book just for the recipes is well worth your purchase.

One of the ways that we can become aware of our thinking is through journaling. Part of Dr. Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet includes keeping a journal. He offers some suggestions about what to write about each day. There is also an online community to provide you with support.

I will s
May 22, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Author: Mark Hyman, MD
Publisher: Little Brown
February 2012
ISBN: 978-0-316-12737-0
Genre: Healthy living

THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION is a book for those individuals who want to be on an ultra-healthy program for losing weight, preventing disease, and feeling great. Dr. Hyman is the best-selling author of other medical books for the general public, and he maintains that fifty percent of all Americans have diabesity, which is the spectrum of imbalance ranging from mild in
Kate  Maxwell
This book had some good information; however, there were two aspects of this book that I had a problem with. The first is that is was a constant AD for his website, which, at the time of reading it, did not have all of the features that he touted. Once these features were up, you have to pay $175 to access them. I also had a problem with how Dr Hyman was trying to get people to self-diagnose and self-medicate, which I think are very dangerous prospects as a physician. It is one thing to make peo ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
This is not new info but he says it all like it is the most urgent info that needs to be put at the top of your to-do list if you want to feel better.....PRONTO! I actually really enjoyed this book, even though it felt like the sky was falling. I have a family member who was diagnosed with diabetes after years of going to his doctor for all the symptoms he experienced before it was full blown diabetes. I always thought that more could have been done before it came to meds and dialysis and was gl ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Tasha rated it really liked it
Interesting book on our eating habits and how some dietary deficiencies can be overlooked. Skip the first 40 pages, take the quizzes to find out what you may be lacking and if you don't want to follow his plan, at least consider some of the ideas he puts forth to support a healthier lifestyle.
Apr 15, 2012 Cyndee rated it it was ok
Surely a lot of helpful information. But the diet would be impossible for me as an ovo,,lacto vegetarian, since the only sources of protein would be eggs, beans, and nuts. No dairy or grains is too restrictive, although I am cutting down and adding more exercise.
Feb 15, 2012 Maria rated it it was ok
Nothing new. Same info as always in all Mark Hyman books repeated over and over again. First time I read his book Ultrametabolism I loved it. This is pretty much same stuff packaged differently, targeted at people with more serious problems (what he calls 'diabesity').
Jun 07, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
The ultra-healthy program for losing weight, preventing disease and feeling great now.
Dr. Hyman’s new book takes a look at Diabesity “a more comprehensive term to describe the continuum from optimal blood sugar balance toward insulin resistance and full blown diabetes”.
Diabesity is a globally affecting children through adults and is one of the leading cause in chronic disease today. To effectively get rid of it we need to take back our health.
Dr Hyman goes indepth on the myths of diabetes and
Autumn Blues Reviews
Mar 25, 2012 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
A great resource and wealth of information for anyone whatever their lifestyle.

First and foremost, don't let the title of this book fool you. You don't need to be a diabetic to benefit from the information Dr. Hyman provides in this book. Anyone who is looking to change their unhealthy eating habits will benefit from reading The Blood Sugar Solution.

Not sure if you have unhealthy eating habits? I can promise you will be surprised by all the eye opening information in this book. I thought I alre
Marjorie Elwood
Aug 30, 2012 Marjorie Elwood rated it liked it
Shelves: science
I had very opposing reactions to this book. On the one hand, the recipes look delicious and the author lays out some helpful steps to take to lower blood sugar. On the other hand, he's a bit fanatic about the program and there doesn't seem to be any wiggle room to it. His program (the basic one, not even the advanced) involves, for at least 7 weeks, cutting out any kind of refined sugar or sugar substitute, flour, any gluten and dairy, alcohol, and caffeine. It was the last one that got me, prim ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Sophia rated it liked it
Recommended to Sophia by: Charlie Rose
Like President Clinton, I was inspired by parts of The Blood Sugar Solution, which I read after hearing Dr. Mark Hyman on the Charlie Rose show. I was inspired by the whole-system approach to address the root causes of chronic illness and the public health bent. This seems to align with the philosophy of Eastern medicine. In this book, Dr. Hyman argues that insulin resistance is behind most of the "diabesity" epidemic, which is driven by lifestyle, and can be reversed by extensive lifestyle modi ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
I almost gave this book four stars, but then mentioning it deserves 4.5. I realized, however, when reflecting on the book that it really is a tour-de-force for personal health. If you want to feel happier and healthier more often, or need change your lifestyle due to health challenges, this is the book to read.

The Blood Sugar Solution is a program for reversing diabetes through lifestyle changes. It is more than a book for folks with diabetes, though. The amount of easily-digested (pun intended)
Mary (BookHounds)
Nov 03, 2014 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it

The title of this book is a bit misleading since it covers more than just blood sugar. Once you get through the introduction and history of *diabesity* which runs about 70 pages, the information about eating and exercise are pretty spot on. My last two blood tests showed that my glucose levels were elevated and I needed to do something to avoid my own family history of diabetes. I am not overweight but I really wasn't eating properly. The book goes into detail about which food
Bluerose's  Heart
Jun 13, 2012 Bluerose's Heart rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean, adult, non-fiction
The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! is endorsed by Dr. Oz. When I see Dr. Oz endorse something, I want to read it. Sad, but true. (I hope authors and such realize how seriously the public takes their names on "things").

The Blood Sugar Solution is an education in food! I learned all kinds of things that I never knew. So much, in fact, that it was a bit overwhelming at times. I had no idea that oatmeal for breakfast is ba
The Blood Sugar Solution is a very complex book about the effects of food, especially carbohydrates, on the blood sugar/insulin levels and in turn their effect on the health. It is full of information about different deseases that are caused by insulin imbalance and insuline resistance. However it is much more than a book for diabetics or those who are trying to avoid becoming diabetic, as it states a few cases in which everything from skin conditions, to depression and yeast infections can be c ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the Goodreads First Reads program I was able to receive a copy of this wonderful book.

The first third of this book pieces together why we are a nation plagued by "Diabesity" - diabeties/pre-diabetes and obesity. It really got me riled up, exploring the connections between big food companies (i/e big processed food AKA JUNK) and big Pharma - they process the food that makes us sick, then the med companies step in to medicate us with stuff that kinda ok not really works. The connection f
Jun 19, 2012 Cherie rated it really liked it
The argument that low-fat diets are counterproductive has been gaining more recognition lately. This book offers a clear explanation of why and provides tools for losing weight and living healthier. It does cover some of the background behind U.S. food policies. Although this may not be new information, I thought provided the context for the rest of the book. I think it is interesting to contrast U.S. food policy with other countries. It seems that consumer response is critical if we expect food ...more
Margaret Chind
Something I discovered in both of my pregnancies is that I have Gestational Diabetes, while I am blessed for it to go away completely when I’m no longer pregnant… it is something I’ll have to deal with most likely every time I become pregnant. My mother has type 2 diabetes and it seems that whenever you reach a certain age in her side of the family that is bound to happen. It’s not surprising and it’s not rare, but it’s a factor of my life that I need to address.

While right now I’m breastfeeding
Lorie Steinfeldt
May 30, 2012 Lorie Steinfeldt rated it it was amazing
I found this book very eye opening! At first I thought it would take a while to read but once I started it I couldn't put it down. I have not offically started the six week program but will be starting soon. Mark does a great job of explaining the importance of good foods and how if eaten correctly a person's health will improve. At first I thought this book would only help those who are diabetic already, but I now have learned this book is for everyone. Knowledge is power and everyone deserves ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Very repetitive. I also find it annoying when I get a book and the author continually (and I mean all the damn time) points the reader to his website. Ugh. If I wanted to be online for this info, I would've done so. There are a few good things to be taken from this book, but not all of it was relevant to my situation, so maybe that's why I didn't care for it as much as other readers? I also cannot believe that the author and the editors attributed one of the quotes in the book to Robert
Jul 23, 2016 Gail rated it liked it
It's always a good reminder to read books like these, but I didn't like how he constantly told his readers to go to Literally over and over and over. Now I just need to take some of his advice instead of eating Boom Chicka popcorn as I write this.
Sep 29, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
Very informative. We definitely need to be more aware of what "healthy eating" means with all the options available today. I'm really concerned about the future health of children today with all the processed food and hidden sugar.
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Mark Hyman, M.D., is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, he is now in private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention. His websites are and www.ultr ...more
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“In addition to single-gene genetic disorders, there are just five causes of all disease: poor diet, chronic stress, microbes, toxins, and allergens, all of which wash over our DNA causing changes in our gene expression, and turning off or on different genes and messages that affect our metabolism.” 3 likes
“How we eat, how much we exercise, how we manage stress, our exposure to environmental and food-based toxins, and the structural violence or “obesogenic environment” that influences these factors are what is truly driving our diabesity epidemic.” 2 likes
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